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  • Woods and Waters: Give float and fly fishing a try

    Heard that it took a little over 20 pounds to win the Black Friday bass tournament awhile back. That was based on a six bass limit. State regulations say six bass, most tournament limits are five bass. Don’t know about the weights for second or third place. What I do know is that John and I saved the $50 entry fee by showing up late!

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky signee Shai Alexander getting a taste of the Big Blue crush

    By Larry Vaught

    Shai Alexander knew there would be a lot of Kentucky basketball fans at the Marshall County Hoop Fest who would want to see him play since he had signed with coach John Calipari's team in November.
    However, the point guard from Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga) was still not quite ready for the Big Blue crush.

  • The Playoff

    After this weekend's set of games, I feel now the College Football Playoff Committee has an interesting and difficult decision ahead of them in determining the four teams that will vie for the championship.

  • Woods and Waters: Duck and goose seasons have begun

    It all started Thursday! Well, duck and goose started Thursday and while duck season went till Nov. 27, goose goes without interruption until Feb. 15, 2017.
    Duck season opens back up on Dec. 5 and goes through Jan. 27, 2017.
    John and I saw one decoy spread while we fished on Friday.
    We thought the Black Friday tournament started at 8 a.m., but it actually launched at 7 a.m. Another angler, who’d fished several Black Friday tournaments, said all the others started at 8 a.m. We fished until noon anyway! Oh yeah, and we caught fish!

  • Vaught’s Views: Olympian signs with UK track team

    By Larry Vaught

    Jim Lambert didn't need long to recognize how special Sydney McLaughlin was going to be.
    "She is a once in a generation type athlete. Once she stepped on the track and I saw her, I knew she had ability I had not seen. I knew she was destined for greatness," said Lambert, a reporter for NJ Advance Media (follow him on Twitter at @lambo2126).

  • Never too late

    Age is just a number, many people will say. 
    One Joe Thomas Sr. is no exception to this cliché. At 55, he took the field for the South Carolina State Bulldogs in their game against the Savannah State Tigers on Saturday in the first quarter, and in gaining three yards on his first carry, is now believed to be the oldest college football player to see game action in a Division l football game.

  • Woods and Waters: Spend Black Friday fishing, not shopping

    Here come the holidays - and most hunting seasons are open. Between the available hunting and fishing it’s sorta hard sometimes to make up your mind on what to do!
    Being retired, I have more time to enjoy my outdoor addictions. Those who have jobs know all about the overload. By the time most work schedules are over it’s too close to dark to hunt anything. Same for fishing. You’re forced to cram in as much as possible on weekends and holidays. Of course, with a family, even those days are limited.

  • Vaught’s Views: Center Nick Richards should be a perfect fit for UK

    By Larry Vaught

    The recruitment of 6-5 Chattanooga guard Shai Alexander was like a "rocket ship movement" in the last year and he finally landed at the University of Kentucky.
    "Over the past year he has gone from somebody nobody knew with low major recruitment to a high level top 50 player in the class," said Zach Ferrell, Alexander's coach at Hamilton Heights. "His size for a point guard is awesome. He has a great work ethic and knows hows to treat teammates. He's a great person."

  • The Shakeup

    Now the chaos has perhaps finally begun to ensue in college football. Perhaps the "Saturday Shakeup" is fitting in describing what occurred on Saturday, as three of the four teams ranked in the top four of the college football playoff rankings fell. Alabama was the lone team of the four to escape Saturday unscathed, soundly defeating Mississippi State 51-3.